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Five International Players Whose Form Deserves More Scrutiny

We saw it with a certain well-groomed No. 7 from Manchester United. The media develop a crush on a particularly charismatic player and a tornado-like hype machine develops, which spins the player’s performances beyond all realms of reality or perspective. So let’s lift the rose-tinted glasses and examine which five international players’ performances aren’t quite living up to the gushing …

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Five Conclusions From The All Blacks’ 2016 Season

PARIS, FRANCE - NOVEMBER 26: Kieran Read of the All Blacks leads the haka before the international rugby match between France and New Zealand at Stade de France on November 26, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Phil Walter/Getty Images)

The All Blacks looked mentally and physically exhausted in Paris but still managed to turn on the brilliance when it mattered to win the final match of their international season. So, what have we learned about the All Blacks in 2016? ______ 5. The House Of Barrett Is The Future Beauden Barrett had another spellbinding game in Paris, where he …

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The Five Best Centre Partnerships Of The Professional Era

There have been many fantastically talented centres since rugby turned professional, but having a centre partnership that works together effectively and with a balance that benefits the side as a whole is something that has eluded many teams over the years. However, we take a look back at the five best centre partnerships of the professional era. 5) Jean de …

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Kiwi Centre Would Consider Call Up To Wales Squad

Super Rugby Rd 16 - Waratahs v Hurricanes

Wales could yet be boosted by the arrival of Willis Halaholo. Soon after the Scarlets announced the capture of Johnny McNicholl from the Crusaders earlier this summer, the winger created a good deal of controversy by declaring his ambition to play for Wales after completing his three year period of residency. Although McNicholl may not have been a household name in the northern hemisphere, …

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Opinion: New Zealand’s Dominance Over Australia Puts England’s Series Win In Perspective

Even though Eddie Jones’ England impressed the global rugby community with a comprehensive 3-0 series victory over the Wallabies, New Zealand’s search for perfection in both and attack and defence against Australia in Sydney shows no one in the world comes close to them. For those Red Rose supporters getting a little carried away after their side won a trio of …

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All Blacks Break 113 Year Record During 42-8 Win Over Australia

Australia v New Zealand

The All Blacks dominated Australia in Sydney. New Zealand sent out a strong warning to the rest of the rugby world today after their massive 42-8 win over the Wallabies. Despite losing Richie McCaw, Dan Carter, Ma’a Nonu and Conrad Smith after the World Cup, there is little evidence to suggest that the All Blacks will be too troubled by …

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Predict How The Rugby Championship Table Will Look At The End Of The 2016 Campaign

Australia v New Zealand - The Rugby Championship

This season’s rugby championship promises to be very interesting. In the aftermath of the 2015 World Cup, commentators ceaselessly argued that the southern hemisphere nations had opened a substantial gap over their rivals north of the equator. However, despite the doom and gloom being preached at the time, since then England whitewashed Australia and an under strength Ireland came close …

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International Rugby: World’s Best Try Scorers XV

We all love to see lots of tries in a game of rugby, but who are the most prolific try scorers in the history of international rugby? We put together a team made up of the highest try scorers in each position. 1) Martin Scelzo (12 tries) Argentina’s Scelzo scored twelve tries throughout his career and was a part of …

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New Zealand’s Greatest XV

As part of a series of articles on the best sides from each nation, we turn our attentions next to the greatest players to have ever played for New Zealand’s revered All Blacks. Rather than simply producing a subjective team list based on one person’s opinions, we will go through several statistically-based sides to help you decide on your ultimate …

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The Five Best All Blacks Playing Outside Of New Zealand

Northampton Saints v Racing 92 - European Rugby Champions Cup

The All Blacks have talented players scattered throughout the globe. The ever increasing amount of money being pumped into rugby by broadcasters hungry for ratings, has enabled northern hemisphere clubs raid their counterparts south of the equator for some of rugby’s best players. Although the player drain, as it has become known, has been in motion since the dawn in …

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